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Mozilla launches Focus ad-blocker for iOS 9

Mozilla launches Focus ad-blocker for iOS 9

While Mozilla has just said that it's ending development of Firefox OS for smartphones, that doesn't mean they're done with mobile-specific products. Instead Mozilla has just launched an iOS ad-blocker by the name of Focus by Firefox, which, incidentally, doesn't actually work with Firefox. The app, available for free on the App Store, is a content blocker for iOS 9 that lets users block not only ads, but also analytics and trackers when using the Safari browser.

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Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, El Capitan 10.11.2, and tvOS 9.1

Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, El Capitan 10.11.2, and tvOS 9.1

Apple released a bunch of updates today, including iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, Apple TV OS 9.1, and El Capitan 10.11.2. Some of the updates are more substantial than others - the watchOS update just brings additional language support and bug fixes, for example. Notable changes include Siri support for Apple Music in tvOS 9.1, Arabic support with Siri in iOS 9.2, several improvements in El Capitan, and more.

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Apple Maps beats Google Maps… on iPhones

Apple Maps beats Google Maps… on iPhones

This week it's been suggested by Apple that Apple Maps has overtaken Google Maps on iOS devices by a large margin. Apple suggests with the Associated Press that its mapping service is "now used more than three times as often as its next leading competitor on iPhone and iPads, with more than 5 billion map-related requests each week." What does an iPhone user do when they need a map? They tap the app called Maps.

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OMG Snapchat is down, it’s not just you!

OMG Snapchat is down, it’s not just you!

This morning Snapchat when down and millions of users were forced to resort to social networks like Twitter and Facebook to completely, utterly freak. Yes, Facebook and Twitter, social networks in which messages do not disappear. Complaints were lodged without hashtags, without @ symbols, and even without the word Snapchat spelled correctly. It was a terrible time for the otherwise Snapchatter-free networks that, as of late, had only been housing complaints about politicians and coffee cups.

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Sony breaks out PlayStation Messages into its own app

Sony breaks out PlayStation Messages into its own app

Almost anyone and everyone has a messaging platform these days and it seems that Sony isn't going to be left behind. Sort of. The Japanese tech giant does have its messaging service but it is one that is intimately tied to its PlayStation Network and, therefore, to gaming. That, of course, doesn't mean that there's no room for yet one more messsagin app, right? Welcome PlayStation Messages, the standalone yet connected messaging app sprung forth from its former all-in-one PlayStation App on smartphones.

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Facebook Creative Labs’ experimental hub of apps is dead

Facebook Creative Labs’ experimental hub of apps is dead

Facebook Riff, Facebook Rooms, and Facebook Slingshot are all about to be tossed into the garbage as Facebook Creative Labs is axed. This environment for Facebook employee creativity and exploration has been ended - sort of. The /Labs bit of Facebook.com does not exist any longer, nor does the address /FacebookCreativeLabs - though that address hadn't been used for a while. Facebook representatives are suggesting that this does not mean that developers will no longer be encouraged to experiment.

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Dropbox trashes Mailbox and Carousel

Dropbox trashes Mailbox and Carousel

It would appear that both Mailbox and Carousel have not been nearly popular enough for Dropbox to continue running the lot. The one is used for email, the other for photos. The both of these apps and ecosystems have not found enough users to remain feasible to continue running. Dropbox has decided that the features that people love best will be rolled into products that remain viable - like Dropbox and the lesser-known Paper.

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Apple A9, A8X top AnTuTu’s CPU performance chart

Apple A9, A8X top AnTuTu’s CPU performance chart

In just a few weeks, 2015 will be over. Naturally, it will be time to take a look back at everything that has happened this year, including the arrival of new processors that power our favorite mobile devices, some of which have proven themselves more capable than others. When it comes to benchmarking that kind of performance, one of the most popular names is AnTuTu, who has just released the top performing CPUs for this year. It might be surprising for some but not for others to find Apple's chips at the very top.

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Google Hangouts for iOS quietly updated with Apple Watch support

Google Hangouts for iOS quietly updated with Apple Watch support

Google has released a subtle update to the iOS version of its Hangouts messaging app. While the small list of changes includes mentions of group names appearing in notifications, and the ability to reply to messages directly from notifications, the real surprise is that the app works on the Apple Watch now. While Facebook Messenger and even BBM have already come to the Apple Watch, Hangouts is at least better late than never.

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Blue Goji Play 2 fitness system makes cardio a game

Blue Goji Play 2 fitness system makes cardio a game

Anyone who needs a bit of motivation to get into their cardio workout routine might want to check out the Blue Goji Play 2 fitness game system. The device is a fitness gaming system that works with iOS and Android devices. The device was created with the goal of turning your cardio workouts into a gaming session at home or in the gym.

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AT&T grandfathered unlimited plans pricing hike incoming [UPDATE]

AT&T grandfathered unlimited plans pricing hike incoming [UPDATE]

The release date for the increase of prices for AT&T's grandfathered Unlimited Data plans has struck - coming your way this February. At that time, AT&T will hike the price from $30 for an unlimited data plan - which is insane by today's standards - to $35 USD. SO it's not so terrible. For now. This keeps AT&T's prices below the hikes of their main competition, with Verizon's still at $49 a month and T-Mobile's at $45. Then there's the throttling. Always with the throttling.

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